'Super hospital' meeting in High Wycombe

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GP politician Phillip Lee is set to travel to High Wycombe next month to present his radical plans for a regional Thames Valley ‘super hospital’.

The Conservative MP for Bracknell has already held a meeting in Marlow, where his proposals for a new hospital at Junction 8/9 of the M4 motorway were generally well received.

Dr Lee’s plans are likely to prove more controversial in Wycombe, however, as they include the closure and sale of parts of the town’s hospital site.

But some campaigners believe the proposals offer a better option for patients - many of whom now face a trip to Stoke Mandeville or Wexham Park for key services such as A&E and maternity.

At the Marlow meeting, Dr Lee said the hospital set-up in the Thames Valley area is ‘unfit for the 21st century’ and a broader strategy is required to design and organise services for the region (see related links).

Buckinghamshire hospital chiefs have not been supportive of the plans, saying there should be a strong, independent hospital within the county.

The High Wycombe meeting is at The Hub, which is part of the Union Baptist Church on Easton Street, on Thursday, January 24, at 7.30pm.

There is also a meeting at the Holiday Inn in Maidenhead at 7.30pm on January 10.

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6:50pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Tony.. says...

Whilst a 'super' hospital, seems like a good idea, the fact is the lack of basic facility's, like an A & E department, means people are more likely to die, before ever reaching said super hospital.
We are consistently told that it is the first few minutes that can make the difference between a patient surviving or not, and yet the nearest A & E is over 1/2 an hour away from the centre of High Wycombe.

I honestly believe that people are dying, due to the delay of obtaining basic emergency care - I am not however blaming our paramedics, who do a fantastic job, and without whom many more people would not have a chance of survival - but there is only so much that can be done in the back of an ambulance.

We need, and deserve a proper A & E department, within a sensible distance of out town, and motorways.
Whilst a 'super' hospital, seems like a good idea, the fact is the lack of basic facility's, like an A & E department, means people are more likely to die, before ever reaching said super hospital. We are consistently told that it is the first few minutes that can make the difference between a patient surviving or not, and yet the nearest A & E is over 1/2 an hour away from the centre of High Wycombe. I honestly believe that people are dying, due to the delay of obtaining basic emergency care - I am not however blaming our paramedics, who do a fantastic job, and without whom many more people would not have a chance of survival - but there is only so much that can be done in the back of an ambulance. We need, and deserve a proper A & E department, within a sensible distance of out town, and motorways. Tony..

12:18pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Darren Hayday says...

Tony.. wrote:
Whilst a 'super' hospital, seems like a good idea, the fact is the lack of basic facility's, like an A & E department, means people are more likely to die, before ever reaching said super hospital.
We are consistently told that it is the first few minutes that can make the difference between a patient surviving or not, and yet the nearest A & E is over 1/2 an hour away from the centre of High Wycombe.

I honestly believe that people are dying, due to the delay of obtaining basic emergency care - I am not however blaming our paramedics, who do a fantastic job, and without whom many more people would not have a chance of survival - but there is only so much that can be done in the back of an ambulance.

We need, and deserve a proper A & E department, within a sensible distance of out town, and motorways.
I agree with you Tony 100%! - how many more lives are going to be lost or but at risk before they admit that they got the plans wrong and that Wycombe should be the focus of these lost units?
[quote][p][bold]Tony..[/bold] wrote: Whilst a 'super' hospital, seems like a good idea, the fact is the lack of basic facility's, like an A & E department, means people are more likely to die, before ever reaching said super hospital. We are consistently told that it is the first few minutes that can make the difference between a patient surviving or not, and yet the nearest A & E is over 1/2 an hour away from the centre of High Wycombe. I honestly believe that people are dying, due to the delay of obtaining basic emergency care - I am not however blaming our paramedics, who do a fantastic job, and without whom many more people would not have a chance of survival - but there is only so much that can be done in the back of an ambulance. We need, and deserve a proper A & E department, within a sensible distance of out town, and motorways.[/p][/quote]I agree with you Tony 100%! - how many more lives are going to be lost or but at risk before they admit that they got the plans wrong and that Wycombe should be the focus of these lost units? Darren Hayday

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